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how to tell if your finger is broken or sprained

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
X-ray: To determine if there is a fracture an x-ray should be obtained. To determine a sprain clinical evaluation by a hand surgeon is best. This can be con ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Finger: Following injury, if swelling, pain or discomfort, with limited range of motion, need an x-ray.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Rockower
45 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Korona
32 years experience Interventional Radiology
X-ray : .
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
A great deal: Can be learned from examination by an orthopedic or hand surgeon. It is doubtful that a patient would have the expertise to narrow the possibilities. ... Read More
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Wishnew
41 years experience Wound care
Finger trauma: History: was there a significant trauma? Pain: pain at rest and pain with motion. Deformity: does the finger appear badly aligned when fingers are str ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Melvin Glover
18 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: Your doctor will perform a physical exam and consider ordering an x-ray if he/she feels that the finger may be broken.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Romano
8 years experience Internal Medicine
By an x ray : The best way is by an x-ray.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Pain, swelling: Decreased motion, ecchymoses ( black and blue) deformity, crepitance ( crunchy bone sounds) and finally an x-ray.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Unless you have: A clear cut deformity - medical history, examination and x-ray are usually required to make an accurate diagnosis.

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